Polar Power System Power Meters

2.57/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $350.00


Product Description

The new Polar Power System was designed to make you a better cyclist. This system, along with the S720i, will redefine the way you train by combining heart rate and power (wattage) data side by side. Now you can analyze power output, pedaling efficiency and heart rate simultaneously. The weight savings versus traditional methods make it a tool you can use even when you're racing. Compatible with Polar S710i, S720i, S725, S725x.
Polar Power System includes:
  • Cadence sensor
  • Speed sensor
  • Chain speed sensor
  • Bike mount
  • User's guide
  • Two year warranty


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by premium7 a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: January 14, 2010

    Strengths:    I wrote my review on this site: so paste the link so I don't have to re-write it!!

    http://www.cyclingnewsasia.com/index.php/en/tech/37-general/212-tech-review-the-polar-cs600x


    Weaknesses:    Good product, a bit tricky when 'teaching' sensors

    Bottom Line:   
    I have used this product for some time and have really come to like it!

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    Similar Products Used:   Have been a polar user for 10 years so almost every model released for cyclists or multisports including the 725x

    Bike Setup:   Which one!
    Test bike Velovie 300 with Campy Record


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dubbayoo a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2009

    Strengths:    - Cost is a fraction of other power meters.
    - One of the lightest power systems available.
    - One unit can be used with several wheelsets, unlike Powertap.
    - Pro Trainer software is quite nice.


    Weaknesses:    - Meticulous setup
    - clunky looking
    - under reports watts in larger cogs
    - would be nice if it worked with Cycling Peaks software as well or was ANT+ compatible.


    Bottom Line:   
    Review of CS600 w/Power

    Good value for the money. The product is not difficult to install if you're capable of reading instructions. It is somewhat meticulous to install correctly so you cannot just slap it on go to town. I do find it under reports wattage on the larger cogs (17+) due to the distance to the sensor. Also due to a 2-3 second delay in reporting you will not see accurate peak wattage during sprints. It is very good for intervals of 30+ seconds though.

    I use it mostly on the trainer. If you input interval sessions into Pro Trainer the unit will guide you thru a workout. I actually stopped using Spinervals because of this feature. I have my Level 4, 5 and 6 interval sessions all pre-programmed and I love it.

    If you expect 99% accuracy you will be disappointed. However for that AND wheel flexibility be prepared to pay $2,000 for an SRM or several Powertap hubs.

    This unit is certainly acceptable for weekend warriors like myself who are unwilling or unable to pay 3-4 times what the Polar unit costs. I paid $355 for mine after an MS Live rebate. I also sold my previous CS400 for $190 making my net cost $165. I could easily sell the used WIND unit alone on Ebay for $200 which would essentially leave me with the CS600 head unit at a profit. If I decide to sell the entire unit I'll come out ahead $200+.

    The new CS600X units have more memory and GPS capability.

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    Favorite Ride:   Amtrak Century

    Price Paid:    $355.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Kurt Kinetic Power Computer

    Bike Setup:   Pedal Force road bike


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by spandaglis a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: March 10, 2009

    Strengths:    If it worked as designed is a cheap power meter; not as accurate as other systems but reasonably repeatable

    Weaknesses:    Doesn't work reliably - has worked properly on one ride in over a year. Most of the time it has been at the store being fixed.
    Non wireless fixings not reliable.
    Standard (reliable - wireless) Polar data is lost while this system is installed.
    Heavy.


    Bottom Line:   
    Product nice in theory as cheap power meter, but in practice a waste of time - simply too fragile and badly designed connections etc to be of use.

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    Favorite Ride:   mountains

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Similar Products Used:   Polar S625X with cadence & speed sensors

    Bike Setup:   Full carbon road bike, carbon clinchers, ultegra.


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Coach Bill a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2009

    Strengths:    It has red buttons?

    Weaknesses:    Inconsistent recording. Downloading is a nightmare.

    Bottom Line:   
    BEWARE! This system does not work consistently. It is not a viable way to track and review your efforts. Inconsistent recording. Downloading is a nightmare.

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    Favorite Ride:   TransAlp

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Powertap SL and Sl 2.4 wireless, Garmin 305, SRM

    Bike Setup:   Which one?


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by M__E a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: December 28, 2008

    Strengths:    -consistent accuracy (upon proper installation)
    -great for capturing low gear efforts on long climbs.
    -'cheap' modular add on to HRM 4 power!


    Weaknesses:    -Fragile system
    -peak power way low (1/2 SRM)
    -high gears big ring issues w/ accuracy
    -clunky design
    -wires prone to snag and break if not carefull installation.
    -not idiot proof!..not 4 all you joes out there..


    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the first generation power sensor kit which is compatible with the S series heart monitor watch's:

    For the money you cannot expect this unit to be perfect..or even as good as an SRM/PT ect. But its consistantly accurate which is the most important thing. It does have issues with accuracy in the higher gear spectrum, but cruising on flats rollers and climbing on long hard terrain on low gears (alpine) it excels and matches the others. No swapping wheels (PT) or cranks (SRM) or numerous hubs needed (PT), and draughting not affected (ibike). It does have its problems though. pretty crappy/weak/clunky/fragile derailleur region, its been back to Polar numerous times and fixed..even replaced fully, but for where I want to measure power the benefits outweigh the negatives overall.
    If I had more money (to buy another shed load of wheels and a PT, or an SRM I would) but untill then this will do fine.

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    Favorite Ride:   French cols

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   bikeshop

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   OCLV carbon Trek, Ultegra 6600 group, Mavic ES wheels.



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